What is the eligibility and application process?
Students must be between the ages of 3 years old and 22 years old to apply to OMS. We accept and review applications for new students on a rolling basis throughout the year. August, January, and May are common entry start dates for new students.The number of openings varies depending on the number of students enrolled in the classroom. To get started please fill out The New Family Intake Form. After receiving the intake we schedule an initial phone call with the executive director.
What is the tuition or payment structure?
Open Mind School annual tuition is $40,000 for a 12-month year-round school program that is approximately 6 hours a day. Additional support services can be added on to the basic tuition cost such as speech therapy, gifted student tutor, social skills coach, etc. OMS has comprehensive financial aid packages available for qualifying families. Some school districts cover the cost and some insurance companies and/or regional services cover support services. Please contact Open Mind School for further details regarding tuition and the payment structure.
What does campus life look like at OMS
Open Mind School is a Pre-K to 12th grade year round school. We have mixed grades in each classroom and class size average ten students per class. Content specialists guest teach many core subjects and educational specialists support students full time in the classrooms. We have a 13,000 square foot gym where students who don't walk fly on trapeze through the air. It's a laid back and fun filled learning environment that is welcoming to all students. The community is our school beyond the classroom walls. We walk across the street to access a state of the art kitchen for culinary arts and construction site for woodworking at Jobtrain. We travel to Redwood Shores by school van for community rec opportunities and aquatics clubs. We go to cafes, parks, libraries, community colleges, museums, and take every opportunity to put the many wonders of the SF Bay area in the regular opportunities for our students. During summer break, you will catch us together at Great America, overnight in Santa Cruz, and traveling with our families and students to continue the learning.
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What profile student or family is a match for the school?
Open Mind School is a highly sought after private inclusive K-12 school in the SF Bay Area. Families applying to OMS should be looking for rigorous academic content coupled with practical community skills and innovative opportunities. We seek forward-thinking families who want their children to attend school together in a diverse and innovative environment focused on academics, body movement, and passion projects. Families who are excited about their children being taught by published authors, NASA scientists, and leading experts, will find OMS to be an exciting and passionate learning space. We have a big focus on sensory- motor programs through personal trainers, circus arts professionals, aquatics programs, partnering sports opportunities, gymnastics and occupational therapy. We have a diverse demographic of learners and we apply a universal design for learning, along with accomodations and additional support services for students who benefit from additional push-in services. We encourage diverse applicants and we strongly feel equity can be achieved when there are resources, skills, and desire to impliment best practices. Global citizenship and social impact is the at the heart of the school philosophy.